DRPS officers took some local children shopping on Dec. 11 in order to make their holidays a little bit brighter. CopShop linked 45 kids with their own personal shopper (in the form of an officer).
DRPS partnered Pickering Town Centre to put the event together. The mall provided a $200 gift card to each child along with lunch with the officers. Each shopper used their cards to buy winter clothing, toys and Christmas gifts. The children chosen for CopShop were recommended by a variety of sources and were selected because of need, recognition of specific academic or sports achievement or because of volunteer efforts that are making a difference in the community.
The program was started at Halifax Shopping Centre in 2005. It was later adopted across the country when seven other 20 VIC Management centers in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Nova Scotia came onboard. This year, all CopShop events will be held in December with over 300 children across Canada benefitting.
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A CopShop child with his personal DRPS shopper. (JPG file, 1,138.4K bytes)
The CopShop group. (JPG file, 1,299.3K bytes)